Social media is no doubt redesigning the way we do business. The people at Microsoft Research are designing a new Outlook add-in that will literally redesign the look of your email user interface.
Yesterday I received a tweet ( see what I mean about social media)about and interesting new project called "Social Views of Email". Now I am sure this is not the "code" or "official" name...as least I hope not, that would not be catchy at all...the project is currently in the proof of concept stage.
The basic idea is for the add-in to dynamically group emails based upon your natural social patterns. The user does not need to define these groups; rather the add-in would suggest these groups by noticing patterns of usage. Not just the normal To: From: patterns either, this add-in would look at cc'ing, response time, frequency of communication and such.
According to Microsoft Research once these groups are selected the add-in would change the email client design by:
This concept is similar to Xobni, but it seems to have more of a business focus(at least fromt he little I've read thus far). So while the debate continues over the need to fix Outlook's HTML rendering and adopt web standards in Outlook 2010 (fix Outlook 2010)...at least this is a step in the right direction.
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Ron Barrett has been a technology professional for over a decade, working for several major financial firms and dotcoms. Barrett is a specialist in network infrastructure, security and IT management Ron is also the author of several books including: Office Communications Server 2007 R2: How-To , Windows Server 2008: How-To and The Administrator’s Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers. Ron has been a co-author or technical editor for several other books on Windows administration. Along with book writing, Ron has contributed to several industry magazines such as Redmond, Datamation and Windows IT Pro. Beyond writing, Ron has spoken at several technology conferences for CPAmerica, AICPA and TECHMENTOR.